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    Owner's Review - Hyundai Creta 1.6 CRDi SX(diesel) - V3Cars

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Jan 25 2017

    Hyundai launched the Creta in India in July 2015 and the compact SUV rose to popularity owing to its modern design and a long feature list. The Hyundai Creta has been with me for almost a year now, and it has done 20000 kilometres on the road. It makes driving a breeze thanks to smooth gear shifts, good pick up, compact dimensions and the range of the gearbox.

    1.6 CRDi SX(diesel) – 1582 cc engine- 126.2bhp-5 seaters- manual transmission

    Hyundai launched the Creta in India in July 2015 and the compact SUV rose to popularity owing to its modern design and a long feature list. The Hyundai Creta has been with me for almost a year now, and it has done 20000 kilometres on the road. It makes driving a breeze thanks to smooth gear shifts, good pick up, compact dimensions and the range of the gearbox.

    The Creta outshines its competition with an impressive feature list. However, it is far from being a perfect SUV, as its tagline states. Here are a few things that stand out in the Creta SX CRDi: 

    Engine- The Hyundai Creta's 1.6-litre diesel engine is a torquey motor, and it makes 259.8Nm of maximum torque between 1900 to2750rpm. There is some initial turbo lag, characteristic of diesel engines, but its low-down torque pulls the SUV ahead with enthusiasm. The engine and the gearbox perfectly complement each other resulting in seamless shifts. The engine shudders lower in the rev band, which some may find a little irritable but once you start pushing it, the torque comes in strongly. At speeds of more than 120km/h, the engine revs are pretty smooth at 2500 rpm in the 6th gear. Minimal tyre noise seeps inside the cabin at high speeds but as the speedometer touches 160 km/h wind noise becomes audible. It can definitely be called an awesome highway car. The engine bay is well-insulated to curb the NVH levels inside the car but you will hear some sounds that will percolate through your serene drive reminding you that it is a diesel car that you are driving. Bottom line is that it is indeed a powerful engine and a lot of torque on tap.

     

    Brakes- The lack of disc brakes at the rear was one of the factors that made me think twice before investing 15 lacs as the Mahindra’s XUV500 W4 in the same range has rear disc brakes. Hyundai should not have compromised on this extremely essential feature and yet claim it to be a perfect SUV. After test driving both manual and automatic versions, I felt that the automatic version has an appalling brake pedal feel and it was very difficult to reduce the speed, let alone bring it to a halt. So I decided to go for the manual version which has a better pedal feel. As a matter of maintaining standards, Hyundai should make the rear disc brake available in all versions.

     

    Comfort factor- The plush interiors makes it a comfortable vehicle especially for long distance travels. Suspension system is quite up to the mark, the Creta when driven to higher altitudes and rocky terrain have proved to be extremely comfortable for passengers. On highways, it is really a very stable car with speeds going up to 180 km/h with ease. Armrest in front adds to the drivers comfort and one in back brings in a premium appeal to the cabin. Rear armrest have cup holder to provide best comfort and ease. Height adjustments can be made to the driver seat only as passenger’s seat height is fixed and can’t be adjusted. Seat covers are required to be customized as per the taste since the company provided fabric ones are neither of good quality nor visually appealing.

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    Safety features- The Hyundai Creta has been provided with 6 airbags that work in tandem with the seatbelts. Creta also comes with Anti-Pinch windows which makes sure that in case of an obstacle, the windows will roll down automatically, ensuring the safety of passengers.

    Highlights

    The Hyundai Creta exudes class. Its’ hood lines and imposing bumper is dramatic especially the triple slat hexagonal chrome grille.  It allows dynamic driving and looks regal indeed. The rear design includes a sporty bumper and split type tail lights that add a great deal of style to the neatly designed back. Due to its size, some would find it difficult to manoeuvre it on narrow roads.

    The dark interiors may look dull to few. The high rear window line might make you feel claustrophobic. The ergonomics are sorted well – there is ample leg space, glove box of a decent size to keep knick knacks and car related documents if required.  Cubby holes and bottle holders are there on every door.The AC is powerful and so is the heating system- both are manual in SX version and there is enough circulation. Creta AC has the cluster ionizer which generates ions that deodorizes the cabin and purifies the air within, keeping the car environment fresh.

    The car does not have features like Auto Rain sensing wipers, Reach adjustment, Driver side mirror, Supervision Cluster and a list of not very big but useful features. These are available in i20 and i10 Grand but not the Creta.

    The Hyundai Creta is quite an enviable car- roomy, innovation packed and essentially a style statement. Its’ ground clearance adds to the advantage. A few other small but convenient features could have been added to make the package more worthwhile.

     

    Another factor contributing to owning a Hyundai car is the way the user is taken care of. As with my previous car, I always had to take it to the Maruti Service Centre. Whenever my Creta required servicing, it was always a hassle- free pick and drop- that too from any location- be it my home or office. Post the 10,000 km service, I was unhappy with the cleaning, they came and picked it up again. Mileage, comfort, convenience are some of the other points that have made me a confident buyer

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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